Microenterprise Directory

Building a strong community starts with supporting local businesses when possible, and now you can join Vaya Health in supporting member employment as they grow their own. Many of our Vaya members with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities run their own microenterprises, or small businesses. These microenterprises not only give them employment and income, but also independence, confidence and a feeling of value.

“For so many decades, this population was kind of pushed out,” said Michelle Cates, Vaya Olmstead care manager. “They didn’t have any work, they didn’t have a voice, and they didn’t have a purpose. Having employment gives them a purpose, a voice and a place where they are giving back and being received by the community.”

Help our talented members by supporting their businesses below and sharing this directory with others. 

Autistics United

Business Name: Autistics United

Member Name: Danny

Product/Service: Community group for individuals with autism

Description: Autistics United is a nonprofit community group led by people with autism for teens and adults with autism. Activities include social outings, connection, outreach, education and more.

Purchase: Donations can be made at
http://www.autistics-united.com/

Bo's Creation Station

Business Name: Bo’s Creation Station

Member Name: Bo

Product/Service: Cartoon prints

Description: If VHS tapes and morning cartoons bring up fond childhood memories, you’re not alone. Bo created an entire business around it from his love of drawing. Bo’s Creation Station is a nostalgic collection of prints and stories that you can order printed on a number of products.

Purchase: bofish100.threadless.com

Dmud Ceramics

Business Name: Dmud Ceramics

Member Name: Drew

Product/Service Pottery

Description: Dmud Ceramics are handmade pottery items ranging from mugs and vases to pots and bird whistles. Drew’s “seasonal impressive impressed pots” uses an embossing technique of organic materials, such as flowers and leaves, to imprint designs on his work.

Purchase: West Village Market on Haywood Road, Asheville

Thyme in the Garden on Weaverville Road, Asheville

D’s Notes

Business Name: D’s Notes

Member Name: Dianna

Product/Service: Handmade cards

Description: D’s Notes offers handmade cards using various techniques, including ink stamping, stickers and painting. Dianna makes cards for every holiday, including baby showers, birthdays, invitations, congratulations and special orders.

Purchase: HomeGrown, Asheville

West End Village, Asheville

The Littlest Birds, Asheville

Jeremy’s Lawn and Garden

Business Name: Jeremy’s Lawn and Garden

Member Name: Jeremy

Product/Service: Yard work and fresh eggs

Description: Jeremy’s Lawn and Garden offers a variety of yard work services, including raking leaves, lawn mowing, weed eating, planting, and shoveling sidewalks and driveways. Jeremy also sells fresh eggs and plans to sell produce in the spring.

Purchase: jeremylandg79 (at) gmail.com

Landon’s Home Run Crafts

Business Name Landon’s Home Run Crafts

Member Name: Landon

Product/Service: Handmade cards

Description: Landon is precise in his work and great at visualization which lends to batches of well-designed handmade cards. He picks out designs (“thank you” cards are his favorite) and uses templates to recreate a variety of holiday cards to share with others.

Purchase: Quilt Square Girls, West Jefferson

Watauga County Arts Council, West Jefferson

Nick’s Bodacious Bird Bites

Business Name: Nick’s Bodacious Bird Bites

Member Name: Nick

Product/Service: Birdseed ornaments

Description: Nick’s Bodacious Bird Bites are a treat for the eyes and the birds. Nick crafts handmade birdseed ornaments that are perfect gifts for birdwatchers, backyard enthusiasts or anyone else who wants to give the birds a little something extra.

Purchase: Quilt Square Girls, West Jefferson

Summit Support Services, Jefferson

Nick Burrows Photography

Business Name: Nick Burrows Photography

Member Name: Nick

Product/Service: Photography

Description: Nick Burrows Photography offers assorted prints and calendars. Nick’s passion and artistic eye can be seen in each of his photos from nature and landscapes to restaurants and concerts.

Purchase: Maddie’s on Main, Canton
http://nickburrowsphotography.smugmug.com

A Piece Within

Business Name: A Piece Within

Member Name: Mary Beth

Product/Service: Beaded Bracelets

Description: A Piece Within harbors love in every bracelet. Mary Beth’s signature “I love you” charm is one of many options on her beaded bracelets, and she takes pride in choosing the colors and charms on each one she makes.

Purchase Email: Miraclemary711 (at) icloud.com

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